A man with Sicklerville ties is accused of shooting his 11-year-old daughter in the face inside a Camden home Thursday night.
The girl is still alive, according to Camden County Prosecutor's Office, but authorities have been told she could experience paralysis as a result of her injuries.
Police allege Byaer A. Johnson, 26, went to the home on the 1300 block of Thurman Street around 9:30 Thursday night., apparently to visit his daughter. He suddenly pulled a handgun and placed the gun on the floor, according to authorities, but then picked the firearm up and shot his daughter in the face when he was told to leave the house.
Johnson allegedly attempted to fire the gun at another man, but the gun jammed, and a struggle ensued between Johnson and the 28-year-old Camden resident he had attempted to shoot. The 28-year-old man, whom authorities have not identified, was able to wrestle control of the gun away from Johnson, strike him with the weapon several times and shoot him in the buttocks.
Authorities do not plan to charge the 28-year-old man, according to the prosecutor's office.
Johnson, whom Camden Police arrested near Ivy Hill apartment complex, is charged with criminal attempted murder, certain persons not to have a weapon and other weapons offenses. He is being treated for his gunshot wound at an undisclosed hospital, and will be lodged in Camden County Jail after he is discharged, the prosecutor's office said.
Johnson has used addresses in Sicklerville, Lindenwold and Camden, according to the prosecutor's office. It remains unclear if the Sicklerville address, or addresses, falls in Winslow Township or Gloucester Township.
Johnson spent more than three years in state prison on a weapons conviction, according to New Jersey Department of Corrections. He was released from South Woods State Prison, in Bridgeton, on Feb. 14, 2012.